Independent trade distributor John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd. has secured a deal with Stylophone creator Dubreq to exclusively distribute the cult pocket synthesiser worldwide.
A unique instrument and a joy for millions of music fans across the world, the modern-day Stylophone features Classic, Synth or Bass sounds, with or without vibrato enhancement, and players have the chance to jam along with music on their MP3 player.
The Stylophone – which costs a mere £16.99 UK RRP – has a headphone socket and volume control too, and its tuning control gives you loads of octaves of sound.
And now, thanks to JHS, fans across the world will have the chance to pick up a new version of the 40-year-old cult classic, wherever they are.
Ben Jarvis, head of Dubreq (and son of the Stylophone's inventor, Brian Jarvis) said: "Dubreq began working with JHS in 2012, and they proved very quickly to be enthusiastic and committed to the brand and clearly shared Dubreq's vision for the Stylophone in the MI market. Dubreq realised that this enthusiasm could help push the brand into other global markets too and have therefore appointed JHS as global distributor for the Stylophone brand. Dubreq are very excited about working alongside JHS in 2013 and beyond to take the Stylophone to the wider world."
Dennis Drumm, JHS's Managing Director, said: "I remember, as a music store salesman in my twenties, over thirty years ago, having such fun selling Stylophones. We used to get a quartet together on a Saturday, and play outside the store, drawing the crowds in (mainly to ask us to STOP!). The Stylophone was always such fun, and in those intervening years has become an icon, and a British one to boot.”
Drumm continued: “When you look at the serious musicians who have used the instrument on world class – David Bowie and Jean Michel Jarre, to name but two – on instantly recognisable tracks like Space Oddity, it’s easy to see why. Solo, in a group, in private, in public, serious or light hearted, the Stylophone suitable to play any music on, and always raises a smile. Now, the Stylophone be-strides the world again, brought to you by JHS. How much more fun do you need?”
For more information, check out the JHS website, or visit the firm's NAMM booth at Hall E 1212.
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